FM Technical Profile: WWL
- Station Name:
- Talk, News
view] Halfway between Chalmette and the NASA facility, just
west of Paris Rd., near Bayou Bienvenue.
- Power (ERP):
- 96 kW
- Antenna HAAT:
- 984 feet
- 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Sports and Lifestyle "3WL"
PS-WWL-FM Your News, Talk, And Sports Station
Text-WWL-FM Your News, Talk, And Sports Station
- AUX: 8.2 kW @
630 feet. 60 dBu protected
map, from the FCC.
Image showing the RDS data decoded by a Radio Shack DX-398, showing
the PS (station name) field from April 2016.
Image showing the RDS data decoded by a Mazda OEM stereo, showing
the PS (station name) field, Radio-Text and PTY (format) fields,
from May 2017.
- 95.7 in the
late 50's was WWMT, an independent (i.e., not supported by an AM)
classical outlet. From the mid-60's to the mid 80's, 95.7 as WBYU
(BaYoU), was the dominant beautiful music (Schulke format) station
in the Crescent City, much of the time with 3 format challengers:
WEZB 971, WWL FM 101.9 and WQUE 93.3. As the format sunk into
oblivion, the challengers went away. Even as WBYU was the sole
remaining beautiful sound, they saw the end coming. One day around
1987, with no notice, they went country (challenging WNOE FM) as
WQXY "Y-96". Howls of protest ensued; the country venture lasted
about a year. It next tried adult contemporary with the "Mix" handle
as WMXZ. In the mid-90's, it was acquired by the same owners as
WLTS-FM and went oldies as WTKL Kool 95.7... Whereas the typical
"oldies" station today only plays the very biggest hits with a
limited playlist focused around 1964-1969, "Kool" is very different
-- it wallows in the rich heritage of New Orleans and is not afraid
to play forgotten 50's oldies and local artists' hits that never
made it nationwide.
- Alex adds,
"This station is a breath of fresh air for an oldies fan who is
tired of the same Beach Boys, Supremes and Beatles songs played to
death!" (Hallelujah! But why didn't they call themselves The Big
Tickle? :-] -- Zach)
after hurricane Katrina struck in the summer of 2005, the station
swapped dial positions with WKBU-FM, from 95.7 to 105.3. They also
began simulcasting WWL-AM's talk and news format, and changed calls
to WWL-FM. They also have an application to drop power and HAAT
significantly. The station later adopted HD radio technology
and for a while had a blues format on the HD2 called "The
Delta". That later gave way to a simulcast of the sports and
lifestyle talk from WWWL AM ("3WL"). The AM WWWL got a
translator in February 2017, and left the lifestyle/sports to the